Course Title: Perform unit test for a class

Part B: Course Detail

Teaching Period: Term1 2009

Course Code: BUSM7781C

Course Title: Perform unit test for a class

School: 650T TAFE Business

Campus: City Campus

Program: C5194 - Diploma of Information Technology (General)

Course Contact : Radhu Punchanathan

Course Contact Phone: +61 3 99251409

Course Contact

Name and Contact Details of All Other Relevant Staff

Name: Adel Smee
Phone: +61(3) 9925 1552

Nominal Hours: 40

Regardless of the mode of delivery, represent a guide to the relative teaching time and student effort required to successfully achieve a particular competency/module. This may include not only scheduled classes or workplace visits but also the amount of effort required to undertake, evaluate and complete all assessment requirements, including any non-classroom activities.

Pre-requisites and Co-requisites


Course Description

This unit defines the competency required to ensure that the systems and routines that are developed is proved adequate, before handover to the user by unit testing the functionality and reliability of the system developed.

National Codes, Titles, Elements and Performance Criteria

National Element Code & Title:

ICAT4242A Perform unit test for a class


Prepare for test

Performance Criteria:

1. Determine test criteria
2. Prepare the test environment
3. Perform static tests using appropriate test tools to verify correct behaviour of modules
4. Use a test harness program to exercise module behaviour
5. Test objects containing lower level class instances separately
6. Prepare data to facilitate path testing
7. Prepare data to facilitate member function testing


Analyse and classify results

Performance Criteria:

1. Ensure clean test environment
2. Initialise test environment
3. Run test harness and document results in line with test and acceptance processes
4. Forward test results to appropriate person
5. Finalise test environment


Conduct test

Performance Criteria:

1. Review and classify test results to highlight areas of concern
2. Compare test results against requirements and design specifications in line with quality benchmarks
3. Review feedback
4. Ensure compliance with documentation and reporting standards

Learning Outcomes

Details of Learning Activities

Theory sessions, practical lab sessions, tutorial sessions, and out-of-class research and homework.

Teaching Schedule

Weekly schedule
WeekTopics / Learning Activities
Covered for 2 sessions of 2 hours
Assessment Tasks
/ Elements

Week 1 – 9th Feb

Introduction to the courseAlice – an overviewElement 1
Week 2 – 16th FebThe Alice Tutorials 1The Alice Tutorials 2Element 1
Week 3 – 23rd FebProgram designProgram ImplementationElement 1
Week 4 – 2nd MarchDetails Area, Positioning & ViewsClass, Objects and Methods Element 1
Week 5 – 9th MarchReusing objectsMethodsElement 1
Week 6 – 16th MarchParametersProperty variablesElement 1
Week 7 – 23rd MarchPractice TestAssessment 1

Alice Practical Test
Assessment 1 -CA/NYC(20%)

Week 8 – 30th MarchFunctions Flow control, Operators, if statementElement 2
Week 9 – 6th AprilFor, while loopsFlow control in functionsElement 2


Week 9 – 13th AprilFor, while loopsFlow control in functionsElement 3
Week 10 – 20th AprilProject completionAssessment 2
Project Submission
Alice Project
Assessment 2 –CA/NYC(30%)
Week 11 – 27th AprilIntro Java & Text editorJava Basics / variablesElement 1
Week 12 – 4th MayData types / OperatorsFlow Controls - Conditional (if)Element 2
Week 13 – 11th MayConditional (if)Looping structuresElement 3
Week 14 – 18th MayLooping structuresLooping structuresElement 3
Week 15 – 25th MayPractice TestAssessment 3Java Test
Assessment 3 – CA/NYC(30% )
Week 16 – 1st JuneAlice & Java Theory Test - Assessment 4 - (20%)
Week 17 – 8th JunePortfolio submissions and Final assessment (to be advised)
Week 18 – 15th JuneReview and Feedback (location, time & date to be advised)

Learning Resources

Prescribed Texts


Joel A (2008) Alice in Action with Java. Thomson Course Technology, Boston, Mass. ISBN 978-1-4239-0096-2

Dann. W, Cooper.S, Pausch. R (2009) , Learning to program with Alice, 2nd Edition, Pearson Education, Inc., NJ, ISBN 978-0-13-208516-8

Sparke. G, (2006)The Java Way, 2nd Edition, Pearson Education Inc, ISBN 978-07339-7508-X

Sierra. K, & Bates. B, (2005) Head First Java, 2nd Edition, O’Reilly Publication, ISBN 0-596-00920-8

Overton. J, (2007) Simple Program Design, Thomson Learning Inc, ISBN 978-0-17-012895-7

Other Resources

Overview of Assessment

Assessment will incorporate a variety of methods including assignment, practical and written tests, practical problem solving in-class exercises.
You will be asked to demonstrate your work to your teacher to ensure relevant competency standards are met. You will be provided feedback throughout the course.

Assessment Tasks

Assessment No & Week - Assessment Description - Competency grade - Numerical grade

Assessment 1 – Week 7 - This is a practical assessment in Alice - CA / NYC - Maximum 20%
Assessment 2
– Week 10  - This is a progressive project in Alice - CA / NYC - Maximum 30%
Assessment 3
– Week 15 - This is an Assessment in Java - CA / NYC -  Maximum 30%
Assessment 4
– Week 16/17 - This is a theory assessment in both Alice and Java -  Maximum 20%

Assessment Matrix

ICAT4242A - Perform unit test for a classAssessment 1 CA/NYC - (20%) Assessment 2 CA/NYC - (30%)Assessment 3 CA/NYC - (30%)

Assessment 4


Element 1: Prepare for testYesNoYesYes
Element 2: Conduct testNoYesYesYes
Element 3: Analyse and classify resultsNoYesNoYes

Other Information

Competency and grading requirements:
To be deemed competent students must demonstrate an understanding of all elements of a competency. Assessment methods have been designed to measure achievement of each competency in a flexible manner over multiple tasks. Students are advised that they are likely to be asked to personally demonstrate their assessment work to their teacher to ensure that the relevant competency standards are being met.

All assessments for this course must be completed to achieve CA (Competency Achieved) grade. Each assessment task will also carry a numerical weighting to be used for grading purposes. The grade applied to this weighting will only be awarded if a CA has been achieved in all compulsory assessment tasks.

If a student has been marked NYC (Not Yet Competent) in any of the assessment tasks, the weighting will carry no value until the student has obtained CA. If a CA is achieved on re-assessment then a maximum mark of 50% of the original weighting will be granted for that assessment.

Reassessments will only be granted to students who were either unsuccessful in the first attempt or have an approved special consideration application.
A final theory test worth 20% will be offered to students who have achieved CA.

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